Valentine’s Day is an annual reminder that we should cherish our loved ones and never take them for granted. And what better way to celebrate love than to share a passion with your partner? So, to give lovers everywhere an excuse to bond over gaming, we’re putting together a list of the best co-op games two people can play this Valentine’s Day.
From casual experience to narrative games, this list has something for everyone. However, the most important thing is that all the games on this list can be played on one system. This means that you can sit on the sofa and share a moment side by side, with a box of chocolates and a cozy blanket. Love is in the air, controllers are in hand – it’s time to check out the best co-op games to play with your loved one.
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5
While Haven has a sci-fi setting with alien planets, a dystopian authoritarian government, and anti-gravity boots, the game is, at its core, a love story. In Haven, players control Yu and Kay, two young lovers who decide to flee their home planet, where every marriage is arranged. Instead of accepting their fate and being entangled with an alien for the rest of their lives, Yu and Kay move to a mysterious planet where they must gather resources and battle menacing creatures.
While it is possible to play Haven alone, the game shines with its cooperative sofa, where each player takes control of one of the lovebirds. Since Yu and Kay have different abilities, players need to communicate in real life to coordinate attacks against enemies and explore the desert planet. For its setting and core gameplay, Haven is a perfect game to play with your loved one on Valentine’s Day.
Luigi’s mansion 3
Available on: nintendo switch
The third title of Luigi’s mansion franchise added the ability for two players to hunt ghosts side by side. It’s because Luigi’s mansion 3 introduces an all-new character, Gooigi, a slimy green copy of the franchise’s protagonist who comes with his own set of unique skills. Although controlling both Luigi and Gooigi in single player mode is possible, Luigi’s mansion 3 offers a fantastic co-op experience where two players can coordinate their actions to defeat the supernatural threats scattered around the game’s haunted hotel.
The only downside of Luigi’s mansion 3 is that Gooigi only becomes available after about an hour of gameplay, when Luigi reaches a point in the story where he gets his sticky clone. If players are ready to take turns until Gooigi is unlocked, they’ll have access to one of the best co-op experiences on the Nintendo Switch. Luigi’s mansion 3 Creative level design keeps the experience fresh from start to finish, and there are enough collectibles spread throughout the hotel floors for players to expand their gameplay.
Available on: Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, Nintendo Switch
While sharing a trip is a great way to strengthen our bonds with our loved ones, sometimes we’re just looking for an easy-to-choose, laid-back experience. It’s there that Push Ho is very convenient. In Push Ho, each player controls a weird character who is pretty much a ball with two long arms. Players can move their arms in any direction and grab any piece in the level with one or both hands. With a simple control scheme, players must traverse levels and complete objectives, while collecting coins along the way. There is only one catch: the distance between the objects is too great for one player to cross the level alone, so all players have to cling to each other and swing through the obstacles on their path to victory.
Push HoThe simple premise hides a chaotic and fun co-op experience. The game’s art style and music keep the mood light and the stakes low, which helps to make Push Ho in the best casual and fun experience to share with your loved one on Valentine’s Day. Also, if you are celebrating the special day with more than one person, Push Ho also allows three and four players to work together in this cooperative chaos.
Available on: Android, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac OS, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Sometimes we are looking for something fun and exciting. Other times we just want to sit back, relax, and plant some carrots. Stardew Valley is not only one of the best farming simulators out there, but it’s also the one you can play as a local co-op. Two people can use a split-screen mode to play Stardew Valley on the same system, sharing the joys of caring for a virtual farm and watching life grow under your care.
As a farm simulator, Stardew Valley offers the expected mechanics of planting, harvesting, and animal shuffling. However, the gameplay of indie gems is complex enough to factor in weather and stations to give players more to manage while building the perfect farm. Since the game is also focused on sandbox gameplay, two people can play Stardew Valley together practically forever; there is no definitive end to the game and players can continue tending to their farm for as long as they wish. So, lovebirds looking for a long-term commitment with relaxing play should look no further than Stardew Valley.
It takes two
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Microsoft Windows
There is a reason It takes two won the Game Awards for Best Game. This might be the best co-op experience ever! While other co-op games usually feature a single-player mode and need to create challenges with a single-player experience in mind, It takes two only works when two readers are connected simultaneously. This means that every aspect of It takes two was designed for two people playing at the same time, leading to some of the most inventive and diverse mechanics in the industry.
At each new level, It takes two offers new tools for players to experiment with, and each player will always have a unique instrument to use. That means the only way to beat It takes two is to work together and communicate in real life, discovering how each player can interact with each other to explore vast levels, fight fierce bosses and play multiple mini-games. The story of It takes two, about a divorcing couple rediscovering their love for each other, can take strange and unexpected turns and the dialogue isn’t always convincing. Even so, the core gameplay of It takes two makes it the perfect co-op experience, and every couple would be well served giving it a shot this Valentine’s Day.
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